HYMN CL. Agni. 150
1. AGNI, thy faithful servant I call upon thee with many a gift,
As in the keeping of the great inciting God;
2 Thou who Never movest thee to aid the indolent, the godless man,
Him who though wealthy never brings an offering.
3 Splendid, O Singer, is that man, mightiest of the great in heaven.
Agni, may we be foremost, we thy worshippers.
HYMN CLI. Mitra and Varuna 151
1. HEAVEN and earth trembled at the might and voice of him, whom, loved and Holy One, helper of
The wise who longed for spoil in fight for kine brought forth with power, a Friend, mid waters, at
2 As these, like friends, have done this work for you, these prompt servants of Purumilha
Give mental power to him who sings the sacred song, and hearken, Strong Ones, to the master of the
3 The folk have glorified your birth from Earth and Heaven, to be extolled, ye Strong Ones, for
your mighty power.
Ye, when ye bring to singer and the rite, enjoy the sacrifice performed with holy praise and
4 The people prospers, Asuras! whom ye dearly love: ye, Righteous Ones, proclaim aloud the Holy
That efficacious power that comes from lofty heaven, ye bind unto the work, as to the pole an ox.
5 On this great earth ye send your treasure down with might: unstained by dust, the crowding kine
are in the stalls.
Here in the neighbourhood they cry unto the Sun at morning and at evening, like swift birds of
6 The flames with curling tresses serve your sacrifice, whereto ye sing the song, Mitra and Varuna.
Send down of your free will, prosper our holy songs: ye are sole Masters of the singers' hymn of
7 Whoso with sacrifices toiling brings you gifts, and worships, sage and priest, fulfilling your
To him do ye draw nigh and taste his sacrifice. Come wellinclined- to us unto our songs and prayer.
8 With sacrifices and with milk they deck you first, ye Righteous Ones, as if through stirrings of
To you they bring their hymns with their collected thought, while ye with earnest soul come to us
9 Rich strength of life is yours: ye, Heroes, have obtained through your surpassing powers rich
Not the past days conjoined with nights, not rivers, not the Panis have attained your Godhead and
HYMN CLII. MitraVaruna-. 152
1. THE robes which ye put on abound with fatness: uninterrupted courses are your counsels.
All falsehood, MitraVaruna-! ye conquer, and closely cleave unto the Law Eternal.
2 This might of theirs hath no one comprehended. True is the crushing word the sage hath uttered,
The fearful fouredged- bolt smites down the threeedged-, and those who hate the Gods first fall
3 The Footless Maid precedeth footed creatures. Who marketh, MitraVaruna-, this your doing?
The Babe Unborn supporteth this worlds' burthen, fulfilleth Law and overcometh falsehood.
4 We look on him the darling of the Maidens, always advancing, never falling downward,
Wearing inseparable, widespread- raiment, Mitras' and Varunas' delightful glory.
5 Unbridled Courser, born but not of horses, neighing he flieth on with back uplifted.
The youthful love mystery thoughtsurpassing-, praising in MitraVaruna-, its glory.
6 May the milchkine- who favour Mamateya prosper in this world him who loves devotion.
May he, well skilled in rites, be food, and calling Aditi with his lips give us assistance.
7 Gods, MitraVaruna-, with love and worship, let me make you delight in this oblation.
May our prayer be victorious in battles, may we have rain from heaven to make us prosper.
HYMN CLIII. MitraVaruna-. 153
1. WE worship with our reverence and oblations you, Mitra Varuna, accordant, mighty,
So that with us, ye Twain whose backs are sprinkled with oil, the priests with oil and hymns
2 Your praise is like a mighty power, an impulse: to you, Twain Gods, a wellformed- hymn is
As the priest decks yon, Strong Ones, in assemblies, and the prince fain to worship you for
3 O MitraVaruna-, Aditi the Milchcow- streams for the rite, for folk who bring oblation,
When in the assembly he who worships moves you, like to a human priest, with gifts presented.
4 So may the kine and heavenly Waters pour you sweet drink in families that make you joyful.
Of this may he, the ancient HouseLord-, give us. Enjoy, drink of the milk the cow provideth.
HYMN CLIV. Visnu 154
1. I WILL declare the mighty deeds of Visnu, of him who measured out the earthly regions,
Who propped the highest place of congregation, thrice setting down his footstep, widely striding.
2 For this his mighty deed is Visnu lauded, like some wild beast, dread, prowling,
He within whose three wideextended- paces all living creatures have their habitation.
3 Let the hymn lift itself as strength to Visnu, the Bull farstriding-, dwelling on the mountains,
Him who alone with triple step hath measured this common dwellingplace-, long, far extended.
4 Him whose three places that are filled with sweetness, imperishable, joy as it may list them,
Who verily alone upholds the threefold, the earth, the heaven, and all living creatures.
5 May I attain to that his wellloved- mansion where men devoted to the Gods are happy.
For there springs, close akin to the WideStrider-, the well of meath in Visnus' highest footstep.
6 Fain would we go unto your dwellingplaces- where there are manyhorned- and nimble oxen,
For mightily, there, shineth down upon us the widelystriding- Bulls' sublimest mansion.
HYMN CLV. VisnuIndra-. 155
1. To the great Hero, him who sets his mind thereon, and Visnu, praise aloud in song your draught
Gods Never beguiled, who borne as it were by noble steed, have stood upon the lofty ridges of the
2 Your Somadrinker- keeps afar your furious rush, Indra and Visnu, when ye come with all your
That which hath been directed well at mortal man, bowarmed- Krsanus' arrow, ye turn far aside.
3 These offerings increase his mighty manly strength: he brings both Parents down to share the
He lowers, though a son, the Fathers' highest name; the third is that which is high in the light
4 We laud this manly power of him the Mighty One, preserver, inoffensive, bounteous and benign;
His who strode, widely pacing, with three steppings forth over the realms of earth for freedom and
5 A mortal man, when he beholds two steps of him who looks upon the light, is restless with amaze.
But his third step doth no one venture to approach, no, nor the feathered birds of air who fly
6 He, like a rounded wheel, hath in swift motion set his ninety racing steeds together with the
Developed, vast in form, with those who sing forth praise, a youth, no more a child, he cometh to
HYMN CLVI. Visnu 156
1. FARSHINING-, widely famed, going thy wonted way, fed with the oil, be helpful. Mitralike-, to
So, Visnu, even the wise must swell thy song of praise, and he who hath oblations pay thee solemn
2 He who brings gifts to him the Ancient and the Last, to Visnu who ordains, together with his
Who tells the lofty birth of him the Lofty One, shall verily surpass in glory even his peer.
3 Him have ye satisfied, singers, as well as ye know, primeval germ of Order even from his birth.
Ye, knowing even his name, have told it forth: may we, Visnu, enjoy the grace of thee the Mighty
4 The Sovran Varuna and both the Asvins wait on this the will of him who guides the Marut host.
Visnu hath power supreme and might that finds the day, and with his Friend unbars the stable of
5 Even he the Heavenly One who came for fellowship, Visnu to Indra, godly to the godlier,
Who Maker, throned in three worlds, helps the Aryan man, and gives the worshipper his share of
HYMN CLVII. Asvins. 157
1. AGNI is wakened: Surya riseth from the earth. Mighty, refulgent Dawn hath shone with all her
The Asvins have equipped their chariot for the course. God Savitar hath moved the folk in sundry
2 When, Asvins, ye equip your very mighty car, bedew, ye Twain, our power with honey and with oil.
To our devotion give victorious strength in war: may we win riches in the heroes' strife for spoil.
3 Nigh to us come the Asvins' lauded threewheeled- car, the car laden with meath and drawn by
Threeseated-, opulent, bestowing all delight. may it bring weal to us, to cattle and to men.
4 Bring hither nourishment for us, ye Asvins Twain; sprinkle us with your whip that drops with
Prolong our days of life, wipe out our trespasses; destroy our foes, be our companions and our
5 Ye store the germ of life in female creatures, ye lay it up within all living beings.
Ye have sent forth, O Asvins passing mighty, the fire, the sovrans of the wood, the waters,
6 Leeches are ye with medicines to heal us, and charioteers are ye with skill in driving.
Ye Strong, give sway to him who brings oblation and with his heart pours out his gift before you.
HYMN CLVIII. Asvins. 158
1. YE Vasus Twain, ye Rudras full of counsel, grant us, Strong Strengtheners, when ye stand beside
What wealth Aucathya craves of you, great Helpers when ye come forward with no niggard succour.
2 Who may give you aught, Vasus, for your favour, for what, at the Cows' place, ye grant through
Wake for us understanding full of riches, come with a heart that will fulfil our longing.
3 As erst for Tugras' son your car, seacrossing-, strong, was equipped and set amid the waters,
So may I gain your shelter and protection as with winged course a hero seeks his army.
4 May this my praise preserve Ucathyas' offspring: let not these Twain who fly with wings exhaust
Let not the wood ten times uppiled- consume me, when fixed for you it bites the ground it stands
5 The most maternal streams, wherein the Dasas cast me securely bound, have not devoured me.
When Traitana would cleave my head asunder, the Dasa wounded his own breast and shoulders.
6 Dirghatamas the son of Mamata hath come to length of days in the tenth age of human kind.
He is the Brahman of the waters as they strive to reach their end and aim: their charioteer is he.
HYMN CLIX. Heaven and Earth. 159
1. I PRAISE with sacrifices mighty Heaven and Earth at festivals, the wise, the Strengtheners of
Who, having Gods for progeny, conjoined with Gods, through wonderworking- wisdom bring forth
2 With invocations, on the gracious Fathers' mind, and on the Mothers' great inherent power I muse.
Prolific Parents, they have made the world of life, and for their brood all round wide immortality.
3 These Sons of yours well skilled in work, of wondrous power, brought forth to life the two great
Mothers first of all.
To keep the truth of all that stands and all that moves, ye guard the station of your Son who
knows no guile.
4 They with surpassing skill, most wise, have measured out the Twins united in their birth and in
They, the refulgent Sages, weave within the sky, yea, in the depths of sea, a web for ever new.
5 This is today- the goodliest gift of Savitar: this thought we have when now the God is
On us with lovingkindness- Heaven and Earth bestow riches and various wealth and treasure